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The Dysfunctional Federal Workfo...

The Dysfunctional Federal Workforce

The Survey on the Future of Government Service, released last week by Vanderbilt University’s Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, reveals significant problems with the federal workforce. According to the data, collected from 3,551 federal executives, the civil service is struggling to recruit and retain America’s best and brightest — and agencies are plagued […]

In Fact, It Really Is Nearly Impossible to Fire a Federal Emplo...

In Fact, It Really Is Nearly Impossible to Fire a Federal Employee

I was a federal employee for 11 years. Many of my friends are federal employees. Civil servants too often are given a bum rap by mindless critics who disparage them as ‘bureaucrats who love red tape.’ But facts are facts, and the current federal system makes it nearly impossible to fire a federal employee after […]

End Life Tenure for Federal Employ...

End Life Tenure for Federal Employees

J. David Cox traveled to Selma, Ala. at the invitation of. President Barack Obama to commemorate the hallowed civil rights march. It was an honor for the president of the American Federation of Government Employees. No other union heads were invited. George and Laura Bush were there, as was House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.). […]

Did Unionized Federal Employees Get a 5.7% Pay Raise In 20...

Did Unionized Federal Employees Get a 5.7% Pay Raise In 2011?

The short answer to this question is “no.” But you might be forgiven for thinking otherwise had you read this February 1, 2012 BGov article, “Federal Union Workers Get 5.7% Raise in Freeze.”  BGov took an interesting data find from a Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report and turned it into something bigger. To understand […]

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